British Columbia Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

British Columbia Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Top British Columbia Chinook Salmon Fishing Destinations

Best Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters in British Columbia

Chinook Salmon Fishing in British Columbia

Chinook Salmon
  • Size 10-50 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Lake, River, Nearshore

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

The world class Salmon fishing British Columbia is known for lives up to its reputation. Chinook Salmon, the largest of the Pacific species, is just one out of five different kinds of Salmon you can hook into here. This bad boy is biting all year and can reach up to 60 lbs in size. Add to that a list of Coho, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink Salmon, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for unbeatable sport fishing.

When to fish for Salmon in British Columbia

The Salmon fishing BC yields each year is full of non-stop action. Every species has its own seasonality, but you can expect to hook into multiple kinds while fishing in summer and fall—when you will also find some of the largest specimens.

Chinook Salmon, also known locally as Spring Salmon, range from 3-60 lbs in size. Even in winter and spring, this fish is plentiful. Early in the year, you will find Chinook less than 10 miles from shore.

Chinook weighing more than 30 lbs are called “Tyees,” and they usually make an appearance in July and August. Tyees are known for putting up a spectacular fight, which makes this fish number-one on many bucket lists.

Despite the Chinook’s impressive reputation, the hardest fighting Salmon pound-for-pound is Coho (also called Silver Salmon). Die-hard light tackle fishing fans start targeting Coho in June, eager to witness his swift and acrobatic fighting power.

Coho Salmon stick around through October, when some specimens reach up to 10 lbs in size. At this time of year you can enter the Coho Derby for a chance to keep up to four Coho in a day.

In late summer and fall you can also enjoy fishing for Pink, Chum, and Sockeye Salmon (the last of these being the most delicious of all the BC varieties). These species see a much shorter season than Chinook and Coho. You can only fish for Pink Salmon in odd-number years.

While you are welcome to fish for Salmon at any time, you cannot always keep them. Keep an eye out for seasonal closures, size limits, and bag limits so you know what to expect before heading out on the water. You can learn more about different species and regulations online.

The BC Salmon Fishing Experience

You can enjoy excellent Salmon fishing in British Columbia no matter your travel plans or budget, from a remote getaway to a half day trip just minutes from the center of town.

Fly-in Fishing Lodges
Hardcore anglers can choose from dozens of BC Salmon fishing lodges, many accessible only by plane. These angler-centric resorts allow you to book a guided excursion in remote wilderness, where you will spend days on end reaping the rewards of British Columbia’s world class fishery.
 
The Queen Charlotte Islands on BC’s north coast are a popular destination for Salmon fishing lodges. Most notably, Langara Island at the northernmost tip of the islands is known for producing 60+ lb Tyees in summer.
 
Day Trips
If you plan on Salmon fishing in BC on a tighter budget, you’ll find no shortage of half day and full day charters on Vancouver Island. Fishing from Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Renfrew, Sooke, or Victoria gives you almost immediate access to the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean.
 
Of course, there’s no place like the province capital to experience some of the best Salmon fishing British Columbia has to offer. You will find plenty of Vancouver Salmon fishing charters which take you through local waters such as Burrard Inlet, Howe Sound, and the Salish Sea. A trip from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands gives you a chance to target really big Chinook.
 
River Fishing
Set your sights on Campbell River for the best Salmon fishing Vancouver Island has in store. Located on the central-eastern coast of Vancouver Island, this “Salmon fishing capital” hosts all the local varieties, including Tyees when they’re in season.
 
Or seek out some BC freshwater fly fishing action in any number of rivers throughout the province. The Squamish River system north of Vancouver plays host to Pink, Chum, and Coho Salmon in late summer and fall. The Pitt River (west of Vancouver) and Fraser River (west and directly south) host magnificent runs of all five Salmon species.

BC Salmon Fishing Styles

Trolling
The most common method of Salmon fishing in British Columbia is trolling. Depending on the species and the time of year, you might drag bait and lures close to the surface or deep troll in depths greater than 100 feet. Specific techniques and bait choices vary widely depending on where you fish.
 
“Mooching” is a more specific technique used by local fishermen which involves slow trolling a weighted line and rigged bait. Mooching keeps the line and bait at a 45-degree angle, three to five feet off the ocean floor.
 
Anchovies are the most popular bait for Chinook Salmon, both in shallow and deep water.
 
Lures such as spoons and hoochies also have their place in local Salmon fishing. Hoochies, a squid-like artificial, come in several sizes: “plankton,” “squirt,” and “hoochie.” These should always be used with a flasher.
 
In cooler months, you might troll with squirts or hoochies for smaller Chinook in water 120-150 feet deep. You can also target saltwater Coho close to the surface by trolling spoons and hoochies, usually in deep water. This method will bring you Sockeye and Pink Salmon in late summer.
 
Fly Fishing
You can target northern Coho in the fall using a fly rod to cast a lightly weighted bucktail 12-20 feet behind a moving boat. This method (known as “bucktailing”) combines saltwater fly fishing with trolling. You can also troll a weighted or unweighted streamer fly close to the surface. For best results, troll at 5-8 knots and keep an eye out for the wake from a charging fish.
 
Bucktailing calls for a 8.5-9’ fly rod and a 6-8 weight line. The rod should have a long extension handle and a Salmon fly reel that can hold 600 yards of 8 lb test monofilament.
 
While fly fishing for Salmon in the rivers, try casting below the areas where Salmon usually spawn, using egg or minnow patterns. This tactic calls for a 4-weight fly rod, a floating line, and strike indicators.

British Columbia Chinook Salmon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Chinook Salmon fishing in British Columbia varies slightly throughout the year. High season is May to October. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
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What anglers said about Chinook Salmon Fishing in British Columbia

I would suggest doing a full day of halibut fishing since the chinook season doesn’t start until August.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would suggest doing a full day of halibut fishing since the chinook season doesn’t start until August.
Sooke Saltwater Fishing
Sooke Saltwater Fishing
Understand what’s in season so you know if it’s catch and release or if you can keep the catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand what’s in season so you know if it’s catch and release or if you can keep the catch.
Deep Coast Charters
Deep Coast Charters
Great place to go fishing without having to go long distances in the open ocean.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to go fishing without having to go long distances in the open ocean.
BobKatz Charters
BobKatz Charters
Yes. But be prepared for bi polar weather. Bring some warm clothes and rain gear. As for children id say. Over 12 as these fish r strong anf hundreds of pounds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. But be prepared for bi polar weather. Bring some warm clothes and rain gear. As for children id say. Over 12 as these fish r strong anf hundreds of pounds
Big Valley Sportfishing Adventures
Big Valley Sportfishing Adventures
You can’t keep chinook salmon at this time but that was ok as we just wanted to catch and release.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can’t keep chinook salmon at this time but that was ok as we just wanted to catch and release.
Built For Speed Fishing Charters
Built For Speed Fishing Charters
Weather can't be controlled. We had some strong winds that made it impossible go out deep for halibut. The salmon fishing was as good as could be expected for the weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can't be controlled. We had some strong winds that made it impossible go out deep for halibut. The salmon fishing was as good as could be expected for the weather.
Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures
Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures
Absolutely! There are plenty of fishes and weather is good but be prepared of sea sickness and ways to prevent it. Check the waves too just in case you get sick with movement of boats due to waves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely! There are plenty of fishes and weather is good but be prepared of sea sickness and ways to prevent it. Check the waves too just in case you get sick with movement of boats due to waves.
Oceans West Adventures
Oceans West Adventures
Although we were in the spring and there were fewer salmon we still had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although we were in the spring and there were fewer salmon we still had a great time.
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Not a lot of fishing boats out, so hardly any competition. We were able to catch our limit for the day. I am sure if we stayed out longer we could have got Halibut as well, since the other boat did in the same area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not a lot of fishing boats out, so hardly any competition. We were able to catch our limit for the day. I am sure if we stayed out longer we could have got Halibut as well, since the other boat did in the same area.
Tofino Ocean Adventures
Tofino Ocean Adventures
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and be ready to roll with what may be presented to you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and be ready to roll with what may be presented to you.
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters
In Feb it’s alot colder than summer . Bring thermos with soup and coffee , and dress warmly. It was brisk but it makes you feel alive!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In Feb it’s alot colder than summer . Bring thermos with soup and coffee , and dress warmly. It was brisk but it makes you feel alive!
King Tide Charters
King Tide Charters Sooke, British Columbia
We couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day! Sun was shining, wasn’t too windy, fish were biting! We definitely over prepared but never know what to expect with being on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day! Sun was shining, wasn’t too windy, fish were biting! We definitely over prepared but never know what to expect with being on the water
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Opt for a seasoned local guide like Captain Scott in Ucluelet who knows the area well. His expertise can make a significant difference, ensuring you have a successful and enjoyable first fishing trip. Ucluelet’s weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day. Pack the essentials, be patient and enjoy the experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Opt for a seasoned local guide like Captain Scott in Ucluelet who knows the area well. His expertise can make a significant difference, ensuring you have a successful and enjoyable first fishing trip. Ucluelet’s weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day. Pack the essentials, be patient and enjoy the experience!
Oceans West Adventures
Oceans West Adventures
Its worth the effort to travel here...beautiful setting, plentiful fish and not overly commercialized
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its worth the effort to travel here...beautiful setting, plentiful fish and not overly commercialized
Sooke Salmon Charters
Sooke Salmon Charters
The captain admitted that the fishing is better prior to October but we had plenty of action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain admitted that the fishing is better prior to October but we had plenty of action.
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
If you want a bigger catch you should check the dates of when you can keep the wild salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want a bigger catch you should check the dates of when you can keep the wild salmon.
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters
Book a charter that is able to assist you in fishing for the fish species you are targeting and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter that is able to assist you in fishing for the fish species you are targeting and have fun.
Peninsula Charters
Peninsula Charters Vancouver, British Columbia
Price was good for 5 hours. Lots of experience and Willing to answer questions. Book halibut full day so boat can travel to better Halibut options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Price was good for 5 hours. Lots of experience and Willing to answer questions. Book halibut full day so boat can travel to better Halibut options.
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures Didsbury, AB
I did not see a lot of other boats catching a lot of fish. Few fish per boat. However, we limited with Full Melt Charters in less than 2 hours. Definitely go with this guy!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I did not see a lot of other boats catching a lot of fish. Few fish per boat. However, we limited with Full Melt Charters in less than 2 hours. Definitely go with this guy!
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters Brush Prairie, WA
Bring a big cooler for all the fish you will be catching - they helped us pack up the fish and we got it all home without making a mess in my car but it would have been easier if I thought to bring my big cooler.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a big cooler for all the fish you will be catching - they helped us pack up the fish and we got it all home without making a mess in my car but it would have been easier if I thought to bring my big cooler.
Tips Up Sport Fishing Charters
Tips Up Sport Fishing Charters Victoria, BC

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